Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
From today, all of the ski resorts in Yuzawa are now open. There are still some courses not open, but generally most resorts are close to fully open especially from today.

This morning the sun is out and it is indeed feeling milder than it has been and today the temperature looks set to rise to around 7 degrees in Yuzawa. No new snow to report since yesterday.

Today is a national holiday in Japan and although resorts probably won't be peak season holiday busy, there will surely be more people out there than a normal weekday.

Official resort snow depths @ 23rd Dec 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
100cm
Kagura:
150cm
Kagura - Tashiro:
130cm
GALA Yuzawa:
150cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
110cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
100cm
Iwappara:
120cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
115cm
Nunoba:
65cm
Yuzawa Park:
90cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
100cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
100cm   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
5-10cm or so of fresh snow in Zao since yesterday as the snow continues to fall.... not heavy snow but it is still coming down and early on this morning there is fairly low visibility as the mountain is covered in cloud.

It is noticeably warmer this morning. Having said that, it's still below zero! But definitely milder and we can expect milder conditions over the coming few days.

The few lifts that were not moving before today are now doing so (apart from, it seems, two pair lifts) but the mountain is now pretty much all open.

The forecast has light snow for the next few days but fine weather likely from Friday afternoon and perhaps over the weekend.

More people in the village this morning due to the fact that it is a national holiday.... not enough to cause congestion on the slopes though.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:
100cm

Paradise area:
110cm

Utopia area:
105cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another fine morning in Shiga Kogen. As yesterday we are starting off with blue skies and a cold start to the day, though today it is likely to be milder than yesterday and we can expect temperatures to be milder over the coming few days.

Giant and Terakoya are now open meaning that all the major resort areas of Shiga Kogen are now open. Various courses around the area do remain closed. While the snow conditions are good, there's still not a mid-season amount out there with many resorts reporting less than 1m of snow, so another round of heavy snow would be welcome (as it always is of course!)

Right now the forecast does not have any heavy snow in the coming week - rather milder temperatures and generally cloudy/sunny weather. Perhaps a few flurries of snow but nothing major.

Official resort snow depths as of 23rd December 09:

Yokoteyama:
70cm
Shibutoge:
70cm
Kumanoyu:
75cm
Maruike:
70cm
Sun Valley:
80cm
Giant:
100cm
Mammoth:
70cm
Terakoya:
100cm
Ichinose Family:
80cm
Ichinose Diamond:
80cm
Yakebitaiyama:
100cm
Okushiga Kogen:
100cm   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More of the same today really. The sun is out, blue skies. Great day to be on the mountain.

Temperatures are up a bit as well as it is a mild start to the day, though it is keeping below or close to zero so the snow shouldn't take a hit. Talking of which I was out there yesterday and experienced some fine snow conditions - and hardly anyone out there on the hill either. Fine pre-Christmas skiing!

From today the Mitsumata Force Park is open - with 4 kickers, wide box, narrow box, flatdown, 4m rail, wave and quarter.

As it is a national holiday, Naeba has both the gondolas moving as well as 3 quads and 3 pair lifts with large parts of the mountain - apart from the very top and beginner connecting course open.

Official Snow Depths:

Naeba:
100cm

Kagura:
150cm

Kagura (Tashiro):
130cm   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 9:50am
Weather conditions: light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The light snowfalls continued for most of yesterday and intermittently overnight keeping things topped up with another 10-15cm of perfect powder. Snow conditions are still excellent and there's still lots of deep stuff in the accessible off-piste areas.
The winds up high have mostly abated and snowdrift development has slowed. Overall avalanche danger is low and gates 1,4,6 & 7 are scheduled to open Christmas day allowing access to a lot of previously untouched terrain. I can't think of a much better Christmas present!
This morning more light snow is falling which may intensify a bit through the middle of the day. More snow through tomorrow and a little cooler with the passage of a weak low to the south turning the winds a little nore North-Westerly briefly. Christmas day still expected to be mostly fine and Boxing day will see another system approach and it will be mild at first with sleet/wet snow like at village level.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 180cm
Bottom - 110cm

Annupuri:
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 120cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful sunny morning in Nozawa. Base depths are slightly reduced today with 120cm at the summit and 110cm at Uenotaira. The visibility is obviously great and there is a 20km/h Easterly wind.

The weather was great all day yesterday- sunny skies - and yet the snow conditions held up very well.

The outlook is for clouds to roll in and light snow to fall this afternoon and evening high on the mountain. Tomorrow winds will ease right off and light snow may fall. Friday is looking sunny!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:

Yamabiko:
120cm

Uenotaira:
110cm

Higake:
90cm

Nagasaka:
85cm
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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Clear, some clouds gathering from west
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not much to add this morning; it's kind of the quiet before Christmas, with mostly locals up on the slopes. Sunny yesterday and today, with the threatened rain not evident in mid-morning.

Akakan begin operating all lifts today; other ares should have everything going by the weekend.

Another nice day for the bluebird-skies crowds; powder hounds, hang on a little more!

Lift operations:

Akakura Onsen:
Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2 No. 4, No. 6; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4. NIght skiing also begins tonight, 5 to 9 p.m.

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
All lifts open. Operating 8:30 to 3:30.

Ikenotaira:
Kayaba Capsule; Chuo Pair; Alpen No. 2

Myoko Suginohara:
Gondola 8 to 4; Suginohara No. 1 Romance, 8:15 to 4:30; Mitahara No. 2 9 to 4.

Seki Onsen:
Open

Myoko Ski Park:
Open today

Kyukamura:
Open today

Tangram:
Lift Nos. 3, 4 and 6. Operations 8:30 to 6.

Madarao:
No. 1 Lift, No. 2 Lift, Super Quad, No. 5.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:
120cm

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
145cm

Ikenotaira:
100cm

Myoko Suginohara:
90cm

Seki Onsen:
170cm

Myoko Ski Park:
115cm

Kyukamura:
130cm

Tangram:
90cm

Madarao:
120cm

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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A little bit warmer today as temperatures increase as forecast. -2 at the top of Goryu this morning and currently 2 degrees in the shade at 800m. Conditions on the runs are still excellent, couldn't ask for much more really. Tsugaike yesterday had groomed one line down the center with deep powder on either side and the cold temps have kept the powder in fluffy condition.

Light snow is forecast overnight but nothing to write home about. Overcast tomorrow with the sun coming out Christmas and relatively warm temperatures for the next few days. I think its safe to say the last few days have been the shiznit powder wise and now its back to eating scraps, but groomers have a solid base and we are setup for a decent run through to the next dump.

Official resort snow depths on 23rd Dec 09:

Happo-one:
90cm (Shirakaba)
100cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
185cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
125cm (Iimori)
125cm (Toomi)
185cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
165cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
120cm (Kanenonaruoka)
130cm (Maruyama)
200cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
80cm (Shomen)
119cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
100cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 12:13pm
Weather conditions: Sunny/Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was a good heavy snowfall yesterday and overnight. We awoke to a clear, calm morning with sun and plenty of fresh powder.

Kitanomine is definitely the place to be today. The early bird certainly got the worm this morning with nearly all of Kitanomine covered in ungroomed powder. The link run provided a great untracked run for those up there early on. The gondola is still not being operated but everything below the Kitanomine Romance #2 lift is skiable. The lowest slopes had some bamboo shoots and bracken coming through but this was being cleaned up by ski area staff early in the morning.

Night skiing will start in Kitanomine from tomorrow. Santa will hit the slopes on Dec 24 and 25 so keep an eye out for him.







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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2009, 13:05pm
Weather conditions: Blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another clear blue sky today with higher temperatures than yesterday. Started off very cold but the sun has been warming things up since and the snow at valley level is starting to melt. Conditions up high are good though lower temperatures would be nice. Should be colder tomorrow.

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Minakami Now
15th Aug, 17:07
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:51pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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